The Silverthorne Storm gymnastics team closed their season at their state meet the weekend of July 27-28. The team earned 10 gold medals, had three all-around state champions and 44 trips to the podium.
“The highlight of the meet had to be the way the Comp 4 team kept hitting routine after routine. We were on a roll for sure,” said team coach Ben Way. “All the Storm girls competed with focus and determination.”
The Optional team competed well with half of the team earning a trip to the podium. Jenessa Bjork,13, had a strong performance which qualified her as state champion at that level. She hit a strong dynamic floor routine to score an 8.65. She also placed fourth on vault.
Abby Hiller, 14, performed a successful back tuck for the first time in competition. It helped her to place fourth on floor.
Laurel Bonner, 14, and Paige Schlegel, 12, both came away with fifth place medals, on beam and vault respectively. Delani Bargel, 12, had a clean bar routine and placed sixth.
The Compulsory 4 competed with focus, form and precision.
“These girls hit routines better than ever as a team. We had eight girls compete on floor and all of them scored in the nines,” said Way.
The team also had a strong performance in all-around, with two all-around champions, three second-place finishers and one third place. Nina Schamberger, 7, had another strong performance as the team’s youngest competitor, and she out-scored all of the other girls on the team. She won four out of five events and finished with her best score of the season, 35.975.
Lily Hess, 9, placed in all-around in every meet this year but never won until state. She put together solid overall meet with a clean vault and floor performance to win all-around and vault in her age group.
Maddie Nations, 9, took second in all-around, with a solid beam routine, scoring a 9.0. Jazlyn Smith, 11, hit the podium in every event, she finished with her highest all-around score of the year, placing second. Schuyler Woodland, 10, and Hailey Harsch, 10, placed second and third in all-around. Others earning medals in the C-4 division were Tai-Lee Smith, 10, second on bars; Deanna Davidson, 9, second in vault; Raina Miller, 10, third on floor and Scarlett Murphy, 8, third on floor.
The Compulsory 5 had a rough day with a number of uncharacteristic falls on beam and bars. Sami Cason, 12, had a strong meet again, placing on bars and beam while winning all-around and floor. Kaydence Murphy was slightly off in this meet yet still placed second on floor with a 9.5; she took sixth in all-around. Sarah Sones, 14, hit the podium twice with fourth place finishes on both floor and vault. Haley Davis hit her best vault earning third.
— Daily News staff report